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STAR TREK: VOYAGER – SEVEN’S RECKONING #2 review – A Borg With a Heart (Baker, Hernandez, Pattison, Uyetake, Marotz) IDW Publishing

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

Star Trek is a series that routinely poses moral and philosophical questions in the context of science fiction. The best episodes make you think about what the right course of action is without beating you over the head with the right answer. Seven’s Reckoning fits right in, as everyone’s (or at least mine) favorite Borg struggles with a moral dilemma while repairing an alien spaceship. The problem is, the leader of the ship is pretty much enslaving the ship’s workers and Seven is tempted to help them rebel.

What sets this story apart from the thousands of other times this topic has been addressed is the layer of Seven’s reintegration into humanity from the Borg Collective. The Voyager crew doesn’t quite trust her yet and she isn’t really very good at opening up with what she’s going through. It’s fun to see how Tuvok and the rest of the crew try to figure out what is going on without tipping their hand. Seven’s dialogue was funny in that she’s kind of a jerk to everyone, but subtly and remaining consistent with her emotionless Borg speech patterns. I’m curious to see what Captain Janeway’s angle is as well, as she seems to have a bigger picture plan in mind. This issue also managed to give the aliens, both leadership and enslaved, personalities which provided more heft to the issue.

In addition to telling a good old fashioned Voyager story, the art continues to effectively depict the characters. This is no small feat, since the Voyager crew tended to lack a lot of distinguishing features. It was especially fun seeing a Doctor appearance, as I had the opportunity to interview Robert Picardo a few months ago.

If you liked Star Trek: Voyager (which I maintain is an underrated Trek series), you will like this comic. If you are unfamiliar with the show, you may not appreciate how well this comic fits in, and I at least suggest starting with issue 1. I should also note that one of the variant covers (the retailer incentive 1:10 cover featuring art by Jeffrey Veregge, see below) is really cool, featuring a neon stylized art style that really pops. Keep an eye out for that one when you go to your local comic book shop to find this issue.

STAR TREK: VOYAGER – SEVEN’S RECKONING #2 is now available. Check back soon for my thoughts on issue #3 of the series.

Are you going to pick up the issue? Have you already? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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